We constructed a cw Ti:Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> master oscillator–dye preamplifier–Ti:Al<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> power amplifier system that generates <2-ns, 100-mJ pulses. The system is tunable from 750 to 890 nm and has a repetition rate of 30 Hz. The output pulse has a near Fourier-transform-limited bandwidth of ~240 MHz. Backward stimulated Brillouin scattering is used to control the growth of amplified spontaneous emission (ASE). The content of ASE in the final output is under our detection limit (<10<sup>−4</sup>) for the entire tuning range.
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Chi-Kung Ni and A. H. Kung, "Amplified Spontaneous Emission Reduction by Use of Stimulated Brillouin Scattering: 2-ns Pulses from a Ti:Al2O3 Amplifier chain," Appl. Opt. 37, 530-535 (1998)